Russia, the SHAMIR Center in Eastern Moscow provides the
only educational venue for a community of 20,000 Jews. In
addition to classes for adults and seniors, there is a special
focus on youth with a Sunday School, Kindergarten, holiday
programs, and now a planned Jewish Day School.
Latvia, SHAMIR provides educational opportunities in Riga
through clubs for youth, women, seniors and academics. Special
cross-cultural programs for non-Jews include training for
tour guides and having Latvian children relate to Jewish
life by painting pictures of the synogogue.
has founded the Jewish Studies Department at the Latvian
State University in Riga, and sponsors a popular biennial
international conference entitled “Jews in a Changing